frighten/scare the life out of

idiom

Definition of frighten/scare the life out of

informal
: to frighten (someone) very badly You (nearly) scared the life out of me when you startled me like that!

Learn More About frighten/scare the life out of

Dictionary Entries Near frighten/scare the life out of

frighten out of

frighten/scare the life out of

frighten the life out of

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for frighten/scare the life out of

Cite this Entry

“Frighten/scare the life out of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frighten%2Fscare%20the%20life%20out%20of. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!